Designer Tips & Tricks | How To Make Inexpensive Decor Look Expensive

We get that there are certain places where it's good to put money.  For example, furniture.  It's usually a good idea to spend a little more money on furniture, especially if it will be used frequently.  Some furniture, can be inexpensive, but seating and sleeping and eating areas are normally good investments!  There are certain decor items that don't need to be so expensive though.  Art is a great place to save money...even some inexpensive rugs can really be beautiful and functional!  Some of it is knowing how you use your space and some of it is knowing how to spend your money wisely.  Today we're talking about ways you can spend your money wisely and still get a pretty hot looking space!

The foyer is easily a space that can suck up tons of dollars but still just be eye candy.  So we're pretty much calling this room what it is--a design on a budget space.  When selecting the furnishing and accessories for your foyer, you absolutely want it to look finished but you don't need to take out a loan to do it.  Pick key pieces that fill up the space visually and are fun!  For example, pick an interesting rug for your foyer.  It's functional because it's where guests will be entering so it's what will catch the dirt, and it's also good for acoustics--foyers didn't to echo.  However, it's also what's going to fill the space visually without take up the walking space.  Since foyers are traffic pattern areas, they can't be crowded.  So the goal for a rug is a finishing piece that doesn't crowd the space!

The bathroom is the next stop.  This tip can work well in almost any bathroom but may be key for the guest bathrooms, especially.  Yes, we love great tile and stone in a bathroom.  A funky floor and interesting vanity are some of our first loves, but we get that it's expensive.  And we know that a very pretty bathroom can be achieved without it.  How?  With accessories!  Bathrooms are such small spaces that the countertop is really a lot of what people are looking at.  So don't neglect it!  Some interesting, fun accessories will go a long way to finishing off the bathroom.  We even like little lamps on bathroom countertops.  They warm the space up function as a great night light.

This last tip can pretty much work for the entire house.  So many people get stuck on "pops of color" and how to add color in their space.  The common faux pax is to add an "accent wall" that's painted to add color. Where here to tell you that it's just not necessary!  In fact, you can achieve a much more elevated, expensive look by eliminating the color and simply adding texture.  The layering of different textures is a sure fire way to make your home look and feel more expensive.  Now we're not going to lie....sometimes mixing textures is harder than mixing colors because you feel like it's more of the same, but trust us when we say, it all comes together in the end!

What do you think?  Can you work with that? Fluff up your bathroom with accessories, find a good rug for your entry/foyer, and bring in all sorts of texture throughout the house!   You get those items accomplished and you'll feel like your house just jumped up a level in the interior design realm.  So we're glad we could help!

Inviting Spaces | The Foyer

The foyer or entry is the first room of your house that guests will see.  It's basically the first-impression space.  For this reason, it's important to do it right.  A foyer should be inviting--it should say, welcome to my home without words!  It should also be an appropriate representation of your style--it should flow with the rest of the house and act as a goo pre-cursor to the style of the other rooms.  It's important because it will basically set the mood of the house, like most first impressions do for relationships.  So even though the foyer is small and seemingly insignificant, it matters!  Today we're going to go over some ways that you can create the most appropriate foyer for your home--one that will leave a lasting good impression.

For starters, make sure you understand the tone of your home before you tackle the foyer.  Is your home's style French Country?  Industrial?  Modern?  Farmhouse? Coastal? Transitional? Electic?  You have to nail this down before you really start in on the foyer.

Once you've figured out your style, start considering all the elements that a foyer requires.  Foyers need layers.  Like any well-designed space, it's important for them to have some depth and of course visual interest.  Lighting, for example, is key in a foyer.  Most entryway's have some sort or chandelier or hanging light.  While this light isn't always super fancy, it needs to offer an appropriate transition from the outside to the inside of the house.  Consider ambient lighting too.  An overhead light can sometimes be too harsh, or maybe even too little light.  Consider adding a lamp or some other sort of lighting that can balance out the over-head glow.

Functionality of a foyer is key.  Is there a space for guests to set stuff down.  If they have a bag or coat, is there a place to quickly set them down?  Or even for you, the homeowner.  Is there storage where you can drop your keys and phone?  Some homeowners prefer that guests don't where shoes in the house--is there ample storage for guests to remove their shoes and leave them in the foyer without creating an eyesore?  We like to think of the foyer as a landing space--a space where guests stop briefly to make the transition from outside to inside.  Make sure your foyer has the essentials to make this transition easy for them.

What's underfoot?  There can sometimes be controversy on whether or not it's approrpiate to have a nice rug in a foyer.  Some would prefer more of mat that can functional well for wiping feet off.  We say, go for the pretty rug.  It doesn't have to be an expensive rug, but it should be something that beautifies the space while also functioning well to catch any dirt.  This layer of softgoods also adds a cozy touch to the entry, warming up the overall feel of the space.

Don't forget the walls!  The walls in a foyer matter!  Just like our recent post about placing art in the kitchen, we absolutely feel that art in a foyer is appropriate.  What guest wouldn't want to walk into your home and immediately view a lovely piece of artwork or some great photography.  Not only does it enhance the space but these pieces can easily be a fun conversation starter that [once again] helps make the transition into your home more comfortable for your guests.

If you don't have a large foyer or don't have a good area to hang art, wallpaper is always another option.  Just like small powder bathrooms, foyers have the ability to pack a big punch with a bold wallpaper.

Does that help!?  We hope so!  Homes should be comfortable and inviting and we believe the foyer is the very first thing that determines that.  Now go make a beautiful foyer and invite us over to see it! :)